Excellent New Yorker article by Bill McKibben, titled 'What will it take to cool the planet'. Covers the Climate Interactive website that let's you see the effects of playing with different variables, a dive into the Gwich’in fight against plans for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the need for more descriptive visioning for the future. (All in all, a … [Read more...] about What will it take?
by Bruce Wilson Climate Change can lead to a feeling of helplessness, but we have all the tools we need to make a difference; we just need to use them! Last year four environmental leaders, Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Bill Mckibben of 350.org, Steve Nadal of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and Paul Hawken, editor of … [Read more...] about Energy Efficiency: Solution to Climate Change
I'm very pleased to be able to point to projects that students completed this summer — check out the impressive results! Emma Coppock [Lehigh '20], Marayna Dorsey [Shippensburg '20], and Joseph Yashur [Cedar Crest '20] completed a project on Sustainability for Cafés and Restaurants. In the process, they also helped a number of restaurants solve specific sustainability … [Read more...] about Summer interns’ work!
[Notes from 2017 discussions with students] A sustainable food system: Supports ecosystems with regenerative organic growingreduces GHG by sequestering carbon into the soilbuilds soil health & reduces erosionpromotes biodiversity & resilience / preserves plants & animals (including people) that are poisoned by synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Food
Abrupt and extreme climate crisis requires all-out emergency mobilization This is a call for General Mobilization. We must respond with our utmost will power and intention to mitigate the existing extreme climate emergency crisis. Well-informed local citizens have carefully looked into rapidly escalating climate changes caused by excessive burning of fossil fuels. These … [Read more...] about Mobilize Now!
A few recent articles that may help to bring global warming & the climate crisis home: Bigger Than That: (The Difficulty of) Looking at Climate Change, by Rebecca Solnit | Truthout Last Hours of Humanity: Warming the World to Extinction | Truthout Humans are Causing Global Warming & it is Already Impacting Us: four key take-aways from the latest IPCC report | … [Read more...] about FYI: Climate Crisis Updates
Robert Frost’s ‘Fire and Ice’* doesn’t really have anything to do with global warming or endocrine disruption, but there is a parallel in the presence of two major threats that humanity faces today: global warming and the ubiquitous presence of synthetic chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. I believe the threat of endocrine disruptors is on a par with global warming—a … [Read more...] about Fire or Ice? (Does it matter?)
In an exclusive interview with The Independent (UK), Igor Semiletov, of the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that he has never before witnessed the such a volume of methane—millions of tons per year in this area alone—being released from the sea: "Earlier we found torch-like structures like this but they were only tens of metres in diameter. This is … [Read more...] about Methane Releases Could Be Catastrophic!
Following is a very brief overview of the types and sources of data needed for a typical GHG inventory. Most of the data usually comes from the Faciliities or Plant Operations department. For more detailed information see the Clean Air-Cool Planet GHG Inventory spreadsheet and user guide. Electricity Use (Usually available from Facilities/Plant Operations) Monthly electric … [Read more...] about Completing a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory for Your Campus
by Gwen Colegrove The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”we hear Chicken Little proclaim every day. What are WE to do? It’s true, science tells us, that humanity is depleting the Earth’s resources faster than She can renew Herself. B U T. . . the Earth, and humanity with her, is on the brink of a new epoch. Old ways are no longer sustainable. Systems are … [Read more...] about The Sky Is Falling!